Manchester City are set to hand wonderkid Phil Foden, who turns 18 on Monday, a big birthday present in the form of a new five-year contract, the Daily Star Sunday reports.
Foden’s enormous potential has been recognised by Pep Guardiola, who rates the teenager highly, and the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ is reportedly set to sign terms on a new £25,000-a-week deal that will secure him for the long term.
City boss Guardiola is said to be ‘genuinely excited’ by Foden, who he already views as a full member of the first-team squad, and has no plans to loan him out next season for experience. West Ham have been linked with a loan deal following Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment, but Pep wants to keep the midfielder nearby.
England manager Gareth Southgate is also excited by Foden’s ability and potential, and it may only be a matter of time before the teenager wins his first call-up to the senior England set-up.
Foden made 10 appearances in all competitions for double-winning Man City this season, an impressive feat given his age and the fierce competition that exists in Guardiola’s squad. He registered his first assist for the club in the 5-1 thrashing of Leicester in February, setting up Sergio Agüero’s fourth goal of the game.
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